Brown blob? It’s a work of art!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

I’m a lit­tle lost’ said the voice on the tele­phone. ‘Can you give me a clue to your where­abouts?’ I asked. ‘Near a mini round­about with a brown blob on it’ he said. ‘To you that might be merely a brown blob’, I told him sternly ‘but to us it is a highly priced and (to our coun­cil a greatly prized) piece of sculp­ture, spe­cially com­mis­sioned to cel­e­brate Ash­ford’s en­gi­neer­ing her­itage with par­tic­u­lar re­gard to our his­tory as a rail­way town’. ‘Oh’ came the re­ply. The speaker was, I as­sumed, so im­pressed that words failed him. When he fi­nally found his voice his ora­tion was mar­vel­lously graphic and com­mend­ably elo­quent. It was though, I re­gret to say, un­suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in this re­spectable or­gan. The gist of it was that he was not en­tirely con­vinced that the coun­cil had spent our money wisely. It’s a sad thing, isn’t it, that we shall be see­ing in­creas­ing num­bers of gun-tot­ing po­lice per­sons openly pa­trolling public ar­eas. For as long as I can re­mem­ber, it has been the proud boast that Bri­tish po­lice­men, un­like their Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts, car­ried no firearms in the nor­mal course of things un­less there was clear and im­me­di­ate dan­ger to the public. But the world changes and we have all be­come so ac­cus­tomed to re­ports of ex­treme vi­o­lence that we shall doubt­less be­come equally ac­cus­tomed to the sight of armed of­fi­cers of the law wher­ever we go. Let’s hope that the train­ing and self-dis­ci­pline of our chaps will never al­low things to de­scend to the Amer­i­can level where, it seems, some­times the re­fusal to stop run­ning is given as suf­fi­cient cause for the use of deadly force. We re­ally don’t want our cities and towns to be­come the kinds of bat­tle­grounds that com­puter games por­tray. Such games have been shown in­evitably to de­sen­si­tize those who play them and, it is some­times claimed, ac­tu­ally to con­trib­ute to vi­o­lent be­hav­iour. The larger such venues as the De­signer Out­let be­come, the more likely they are to at­tract ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity.

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